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Professor Daniel L. Patterson of Theatre and Dance attended the Annual conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) in Montreal at the end of July. Professor Patterson is the producer of the ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting, which is staged at the conference. This year’s winner was The Second Girl by Boston University’s Ronan Noone. The Second Girl is a play about the Irish immigrants who are the maids in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and reflects Mr. Noone’s own immigrant experience and sensibilities. Professor Patterson is also active with the New Play Development Workshop at ATHE and this year played the role of Orson Welles in Steven Young’s The Oracle, a play about Mr. Welles’s last film role in a film version of Oedipus. Professor Patterson is retiring at the end of this year, and this was his last ATHE Conference.

Margaret Orelup and Rodney Obien, along with John Lund have received a grant for $44,601 from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission for their Citizen Archivists Initiative. This award provides funds to train “citizen archivists” how to transcribe New Hampshire historical documents to make them more accessible to more researchers and the public-at-large. It is a collaborative project between Keene State College History Department and College Archives & Special Collections, the Historical Society of Cheshire County, and Keene High School.

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